Title: French Military Intelligence Points to Misfiring Palestinian Rocket as Likely Cause of Gaza Hospital Explosion
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France’s military intelligence agency, the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), has concluded that a misfiring Palestinian rocket was likely responsible for the explosion at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. The agency’s assessment follows conflicting accounts of who carried out the attack, with Palestinian officials blaming an Israeli airstrike and Israel claiming it was caused by a rocket fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.
In response to the conflicting reports, French President Emmanuel Macron directed the DRM to share its findings. The senior French military official stated that the size of the explosion and the impact crater were consistent with Palestinian rockets. The DRM emphasized that none of their intelligence pointed to an Israeli missile strike.
The agency’s assessment was based on a combination of classified information, satellite imagery, intelligence shared by other countries, and open-source information. While the DRM did not provide an estimated death toll, it suggested that it was likely lower than the 471 fatalities reported by Palestinian officials. Israel believes that the number has been deliberately inflated, with US intelligence agencies estimating the number of victims to be between 100 and 300 people.
An investigation conducted by Al Jazeera has cast doubt on Israeli statements. The news organization suggests that the flash captured in a live news broadcast was not caused by a misfiring rocket, further adding to the confusion surrounding the incident.
As calls for accountability grow, the United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the explosion. The international body emphasizes the importance of uncovering the truth and ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice. The United States’s National Security Council has also provided its “current assessment,” stating that Israel was not responsible for the explosion.
While speculations and conflicting accounts continue to surround the tragic incident, the conclusions reached by the French military intelligence agency shed some light on the probable cause of the explosion at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital. As the search for truth and justice intensifies, it remains crucial to seek an independent investigation to establish accountability and prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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